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BeLUMINOUS: Beth is Luminous

August 16, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

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As a parent participant in the Gloucester County 4H Fair in Mullica Hill, NJ, and a "new in the area" photographer, I was hoping to reach out to families so they would get to know me. Beth was the winner of a campaign I created for a portrait at the fair on the fairgrounds.

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It was fortuitous to have Beth be the winner.  She is a 19 year old teen leader and next year will be an adult leader in the club. Somehow, I think that she kind off deserved the random win- as in- what better a person then one who is already giving back?  




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I was so pleased  to work with a really strong  young lady with a gentle heart,  bright smile, and one of her 100+ rabbits named Ross. His counterpart, Rachel, was the Grand Champion this year in the rabbit barn. Their breed is called a Mini Satin.  At the time of the photo shoot, however, she was  already tired of all the publicity, so Ross stood in for her. He was a dear fellow!








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4H is a fabulous organization that grants children opportunities for growth, leadership, and friendship. The families involved are solid and friendly, so everyone is a winner.

Thank you, Beth for sharing your light, and thus, "Being Luminous."


You can Check out my website, Facebook and Instagram accounts. Luminous 5 Photography captures people in the circle of life- Maternity, newborn, children, families, graduation seniors, and executive portraits.






BeLUMINOUS: Rachel is Luminous

May 22, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

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I have had the pleasure of knowing Rachel for the past two years. And she is luminous.  For one thing, she has been volunteering to help children with special needs in the Therapeutic riding classes at Shadow Equestrian stables located in beautiful Monroeville, New Jersey (right in our town here at Luminous 5). She has been there for 7 years giving her time to help children with developmental delays.

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Rachel is a very humorous girl. We spent a lot of time laughing during her session times. She is also a movie buff, particularly the old black and white genre. Think Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn, Lauren Bacall, etc. She likes the old gafaw, slap-stick movies. So I did this image in a Silver Screen look of the old skool actress head shots. Rachel L. B_0354B webRachel L. B_0354B webSilver Screen Look




















Her maturity and faith are beyond her years and she requested having portraits made in the chapel, wearing her chapel veil and while praying a rosary. We share this faith, even though there are a few years between us. Rachel L. B_0152AwebRachel L. B_0152AwebBlessed Mother wearing Chapel Veil At the fashion part of the shoot, Rachel did not hesitate to embrace her youth.  Rachel L. B_0488AwebRachel L. B_0488AwebSpin!




Rachel is graduating in a few weeks. She is going to school to study social work, again to help others.


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All the best, Rachel!

BeLUMINOUS: Luke is Luminous!

April 15, 2016  •  Leave a Comment


Luke is Luminous

Luke Web_0049ALuke Web_0049A This is Luke. I had the pleasure of creating his Senior Portraits with him. He will graduate in June.

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He works for the family business.

Luke Web_0174BLuke Web_0174B He's quite humorous. His Facebook posts ring true with me!

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He's actually one of the greatest guys around.

He enjoys everything he does.





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I would describe him as sincere.








                                                                                       Luke works with his mom on their

Lila Rose business doing bookkeeping and sales. He has a lot of fun stories from these adventures.






GPA: well he's Summa Cum Laude.

Enough said there.
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That every person would have as pure a soul as Luke!

Luke IS light.

Luke is Luminous.


BE Luminous: Fr. Gaffney is Luminous.

March 24, 2016  •  Leave a Comment



Fr. Bill Gaffney is Luminous. Fr. Bill Gaffney, CssR is luminous.

If you get a chance to attend one of his missions, you will see. He brings such love and compassion and tenderness with him. He's sharp as a tack and fills you with laughter with his Irish humor. When he lays his hands on you, well, knock me over with a feather-literally.

His charisms are pure. Evident. 

I got a note of thanks from Fr. Bill Gaffney for photos I sent after a photo shoot we had in the fall. He only let me shoot for about 6 or 7 minutes before he got uncomfortable. But I remember that he loved it. This is what he said in his note:

"My deepest thanks for all the photos. I have never been so photographed in my life. I have been so blessed. People find it hard to believe that I am 82 years of age. I am so blessed."

Letter-hand written

Oh! to be grateful for a life well lived.

Fr. Gaffney is luminous.

BE Luminous.


PS: Everyone should be "so photographed" in their lives AT LEAST once.

Be Luminous

March 22, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Be Luminous!


I think I am beginning to understand what I meant by the name of my company.  Luminous 5. I can't say I thought it up myself, it came more as a divine inspiration. I wanted to make it clear that we all can shine our light on others.

Do you know someone who brings light to the world?

Tell me their story: how are they luminous?


For me it is not about body type, height, weight or some kind of look.  It is the goodness that comes through. It is about love.


Nominate them. 

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